Coaching for Succession

by Garold L. Markle   Catalytic Coaching, performed properly, is not an administrative add-on.  It is, quite simply, how a manager does her job.  It’s how an employee actively navigates his career.  As such, it is a powerful aid for assisting executives in performing one of their paramount responsibilities – succession planning. Jim Collins says … Continue Reading »

Making News Again!

HR Answers: Employee Review Questions by Stephanie Schwenn Sebring With 25 years of marketing and communications experience, Stephanie Schwenn Sebring established and managed the marketing departments for three CUs. As owner of Fab Prose & Professional Writing, her focus is on assisting CUs and industry suppliers with their communications needs. For the full, original article, … Continue Reading »

The Good Fortune Effect

by Garold (Gary) Markle Completing my coaching process this year with my top three direct reports revealed an unexpected dividend — a profound feeling of good fortune.  After really digging deep with each person, their strengths and our challenges, my overall feeling is one of both gratitude and optimism. The coaching process has again made … Continue Reading »

Imaginary Dragons

by Garold Markle Sometimes the problem you think you see, is not the problem you actually have. When Carl, the CEO, described to me the difficulties he was having with Theron, his CFO, it sounded pretty bad.  There was no smoking gun, mind you.  Theron was more than competent, having successfully performed his job for … Continue Reading »

Congrats to Our November CCC Graduates!

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Nov Grads

Eleven Companies spanning North America welcomed home newly certified Coach2’s after November’s Catalytic Coaching Course in Atlanta. Join us as we congratulate the 13 graduates!

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The Power of Personalization

  by Garold Markle A key difference between a good coaching session and a breakthrough, life-changing coaching encounter is the degree to which the conversation is personalized to the individual being coached.  The better a manager is at describing current reality and/or future potential in terms that impact the specific individual being addressed, the more … Continue Reading »

HeatTek Client Spotlight

Recently, we had the opportunity to catch up with Dyan Brinkman, who is the Accounting and HR Manager at HeatTek, Inc. in Ixonia, WI. Early in January, HeatTek – an industrial oven, furnace and washer manufacturer – underwent a Catalytic Coaching System Conversion. The company of 42 employees was formed in 2000, however, a vast majority … Continue Reading »

The Collins Bus

By: Garold (Gary) Markle Jim Collins says that it’s leadership’s responsibility to “get the right people on the bus, the wrong people off the bus, and everybody in the right seats.”  Interestingly, he doesn’t say that it’s HR’s job.  It’s management’s responsibility to make this happen. My question to Mr. Collins is simple.  How do … Continue Reading »

The Employee Iceberg

By: Garold (Gary) L. Markle As an HR generalist in a series of Fortune 500 corporations, I was instructed to treat employees more like “resources” than “humans.” We went to great lengths to focus on “the worker” while avoiding as much as possible anything personal.  What I soon discovered, however, is that when you go … Continue Reading »

Customer Quilt

by Garold L. Markle After fourteen hours of planes, trains and automobiles, along with a smooth but still tedious border crossing, I found myself checking into a small hotel in rural Saskatchewan that was managed by the graduate of a course we’d just completed a month previously in Toronto.  Canalta Hotels is an Energage customer … Continue Reading »